As you probably know, online dating has become quite a hit online. Some of the most visited sites online are dating sites, and there are plenty of tv ads for dating sites. For many years now, I haven’t been able to watch a show without running into at least one or two commercials from Match.com, Eharmony, or Christian Mingle. Commercials like the one below are very typical:
In this article, I will provide a short review of Christian Mingle, Match.com, and Eharmony. As you may know, Christian Mingle has become quite a force in the online dating world. At first, when I heard about this site, I figured it might become a moderately sized niche dating site. I was wrong, however, as Christian Mingle is now one of the largest dating sites in the U.S. This is no surprise, given that 73% of Americans identify themselves as Christians.
At first blush, Christian Mingle is more or less like all other standard dating sites such as Match.com. The only real difference in setting up a profile that I noticed was that you need to answer a few more questions related to your religion. Other than that, setting up a dating profile is just about the same process as any other dating site. This made me question whether it’s really necessary to join the site. I mean, couldn’t you just use Match.com and filter for your religious preferences.
It was only after interacting with members that I realized a subtle difference. People on Christian Mingle, as you might expect, take their faith seriously enough to join a Christian dating site. For most of them, dating someone with a different religious outlook is a nonstarter. Therefore, if you find yourself in this category, Christian Mingle is definitely a site you should explore.
Another alternative is Match.com, which I’m sure you’ve heard about. Being one of the largest dating sites in the world, you won’t have problems finding a good Christian to date, provides you use the right filters. While a bit more expensive than Christian Mingle, you should find that Match.com has a lot to offer, with generally a more vibrant community as well.
One thing I like about the site is that it is free to get started. With a free account, you can do quite a few things. You can set up a profile, upload multiple photos, and search other members.
You’ll need to get a paid membership ultimately to take full advantage of everything the site offers. However, compared to other dating sites, Christian Mingle is pretty reasonably priced.
And last but not least, there is Eharmony. Of all the sites I’ve mentioned so far, this is probably the best site if you are looking to settle down or perhaps even get married. In the beginning, Eharmony requires more work, since you need to complete a personality survey before you can do anything. After you take the test, however, you can immediately start receiving matches and communicating with them. The Eharmony free trial allows you to communicate using guided communication only. If you want to communicate with email messages, you need to get an Eharmony subscription.
Note that although there is more legwork required at the front-end, once you are a member, Eharmony does the rest of the work for you, since its their algorithm that will find matches for you and send them to you every day. You need to therefore have faith in the Eharmony algorithm, but given that it’s the same algorithm that helped over a million people get married, it’s not hard to put your trust into it.
To read more about Eharmony and other dating sites, head over to Onlinedatingtrials.com.